Good Wednesday Morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president participates in a signing ceremony for the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
Impeachment burlesque moves on to next stage: questions
On Tuesday, the Trump team concluded their defense so today will begin a 16-hour period for the senators to ask questions. The senators will still not be the ones asking the questions, they will write out their questions and Chief Justice Obamacare Tax will ask the questions to the House Managers or the Trump defense team. This process is expected to last two days and then the senators will consider motions. Chief Justice Obamacare Tax has adopted Chief Justice Rehnquist’s directive used in the Clinton impeachment which requires questions be answered in less than 5 minutes.
Everyone is buzzing about witnesses which could be decided soon as Friday. McConnell says he doesn’t have the votes to block witnesses at the moment. First the Senate will vote on whether to call witnesses and obtain documents and then they will vote on each specific witness and document request. The witnesses will not appear in the Senate in some sort of TV-style spectacle, they will be deposed in private.
The media is agitating for the disgruntled, ego maniac John Bolton to be called to testify because he wrote a book, parts of which were most likely leaked by his publisher or publicist to the NYT. The book manuscript was turned over to the government for review, standard procedure for all books written by former employees with clearances. Many people think Lt. Col. Jelly Doughnut’s brother leaked some details to the media but I don’t agree I think this was for book sales with the bonus of putting the screw to Trump. I think the Trump Administration should clear the book and release the whole thing to the public and screw Bolton out of book sales revenue. I’m mean.
Once witnesses are on the table, the GOP has some fun options assuming the caucus can stick together, a tall order. I’d like to see Eric Ciaramella, all the Schiff staffers that quickly moved over the Intel committee from the NSC after the whistleblower manufactured his complaint, IC IG Michael Atkinson, Adam Schiff, and Hunter Biden for starters.
I’m sure you know the need for witness testimony that the House could not be bothered to obtain but is suddenly critical is just a tactic to continue on a fishing expedition and keep Trump smears in the headlines. I hope they finish this entire fiasco on Friday.
Red state Democrats won’t rule out clearing Trump
Feinstein stirs confusion with comments on impeachment vote
Dirtbag. John Kelly: ‘I believe John Bolton’
Nadler floats John Kelly as potential impeachment witness
Poll: 75% of voters want witnesses for Senate impeachment trial
Important point. Impeachment’s Biggest Absurdity: Our Toxic Fixation On Useless And Corrupting Ukraine Aid
Lawyers for indicted Giuliani associates spar over records sent to Congress
Donald Trump again hits Fox News – and Chris Wallace – this time over impeachment coverage
Sad! Lev Parnas has a ticket to attend President Trump’s impeachment trial. But his court-ordered ankle monitor has gotten in the way.
Rand Paul blasts ‘scurrilous’ Schumer for defaming Trump family: ‘They ought to sue him’
Impeachment TV ratings rebound as Trump lawyers argue his case
Trump reveals Middle East peace process, Ilhan Omar calls it theft
On Tuesday, President Trump proposed a long awaited peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. The deal would provide a state for the Palestinians but they don’t want their own state, they want Israel’s state. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the deal.
“Trump is a dog and the son of a dog,” Abbas said. “They called me from Washington and I did not pick up the phone… I said no and I will continue to say no.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar, currently under FBI investigation for marrying her brother, did not like the deal.
This is not a peace plan.
It is theft. It is erasure. https://t.co/N2rduGVnze
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 28, 2020
She also tweeted: “They could have guaranteed justice, and brought everyone into this peace deal,” Omar said responding to a tweet from anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour. “Instead these two embattled heads of state, impeached and indicted, have a ‘just us’ peace deal. It’s shameful and disingenuous!”
What Omar didn’t know or pretended not to know was that Abbas rejected invitation to participate. She’s so dumb, it’s almost like she’s a broken record.
CNN’s Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism
Trump Doesn’t Invite House Democrats to USMCA Signing Ceremony
China Has Not Accepted U.S. Offers to Send CDC Experts to Aid in Coronavirus Fight
Death toll from Wuhan coronavirus tops 100 as infection rate accelerates
Woke West Point Curriculum Denounces ‘Toxic Masculinity’
Virginia state House officially repeals anti-marriage equality law
Trump praises Pompeo for berating NPR reporter
Who cares? White House Correspondents’ Association blasts State for ‘punitive action’ against NPR
House Democrats ask judge to lift hold on Trump tax return lawsuit
Tom Steyer Says President Trump Has ‘Tortured Children’ And ‘Committed Crimes Against Humanity’
Biden Snaps At Voter: ‘Go Vote For Someone Else’
Were White Nationalists Really Planning To Attack The Virginia Gun Rights Rally? According To Police Records, Not Exactly
Justice Gorsuch Compared Nationwide Injunctions To The One Ring From ‘Lord Of The Rings’
Mexico Deports Over 2,000 Caravan Migrants Back To Honduras
WUT? Man fatally shot while handcuffed inside police cruiser: Maryland police
The New York Times hires BuzzFeed News editor who greenlit publishing Steele dossier
Washington Post reinstates reporter, concludes Kobe Bryant tweets didn’t violate social media policy
Robocalls in crosshairs: DOJ moves to stop telecom companies behind fraudulent calls
Sanders to be targeted in Dem super PAC ad citing recent heart attack
Buttigieg campaign surveyed staffers of color for ‘microaggressions,’ report says
Oh, you don’t say. Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!